I am currently operating under an order written by Palo Alto psychologist Ken Perlmutter, and signed by the acting juvenile delinqency court commissioner, Irwin Joseph, without any hearing. It terminated my joint legal custody, and reduced my visitation to four hours per month, professionally supervised by the court.
Perlmutter did a $26,000 evaluation, and did not find any abuse, neglect, drug use, or any other wrongdoing. He said that my kids love me, and want a relationship with me. He testified that the main reason for the restricted visitation was to prevent my kids from learning that my ex-wife had made unfounded charges of emotional abuse to CPS and the family court.
As far as I know, I am the only father in American history to lose joint legal custody like this. In the cases that I've heard about, fathers only lost joint legal custody if they voluntarily waived their rights, or they had unexplained absences from several consecutive court hearings, or they were convicted of a crime against their kids in either criminal court or juvenile dependency court. None of that has happened in my case. No professional has even accused me of doing any specific wrongdoing. Not even the court-appointed crooks like Perlmutter.
A reader asks, in the comments:
I didn't think that recommendations from a custody evaluation were signed into order without a hearing to review? Did you miss that hearing?I did not think so either. I also did not think that a juvenile delinquency court commissioner had any authority over the matter. There was never a case in any juvenile court. The case is in family court. No, there was no hearing. I had to make a motion in the family court to ask for a hearing.
What was your timeshare like before the recommendations and new order?Before the motion that resulted in the Perlmutter evaluation, I had 50-50 joint legal and physical custody of our two kids. During the evaluation, Perlmutter was supposed to make temporary recommendations, but he never did. So visitation was sporadic.